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Bloodbath - The Swedish are back with a new album SURVIVAL OF THE SICKEST - Out on 2022-09-09

Updated: Sep 14, 2022

[photo credit: Ester Segarra]

Bloodbath a Swedish death metal band formed in 1998. One of their main characteristics is to have or have had, in their line-up, members of famous bands such as Katatonia, Opeth, Hypocrisy, Witchery and Nightingale.

The band adopted its name from the track "Blood Bath" from the band Cancer's album "To the Gory End". After a year of forming, Bloodbath, with Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) on vocals, Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Nightingale, etc.) on drums, Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström (Katatonia, Diabolical Masquerade) on guitar, and Jonas Renkse (Katatonia, October Tide) on bass, released the EP "Breeding Death", and two years later their debut album "Resurrection Through Carnage".

The Horrors of mortality and the dark side of sbrenatural are back. "Survival of the Sickest!" It's the sixth full length album from Bloodbath, the Swedish masters of old school Death Metal released last September 9, 2022 as it couldn't be otherwise by Napalm Records.

After the great success with "Zombie Inferno", Bloodbath just released another bomb called, "Carved", with a huge surprise helping the party along with Luc Lemay (Gorguts). A heavy track to seduce new fans and delight the old ones.

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Jonas Renkse on “Carved“:

"If you’re a subject to human experiments performed by the sickest surgeon, you may not have the time to suffer a thousand deaths, but one thing is for certain: YOU’RE CARVED.”

The world is on fire, and 'Survival Of The Sickest', produced by BLOODBATH and co-produced and mixed by Lawrence Mackrory at Rorysound Studios, offers no respite from the horrors of reality. Quite the contrary, with the incorporation of new guitarist Tomas 'Plytet' Akvik (Lik) on board, BLOODBATH's latest and greatest album gleefully confronts the enslaving ghoul lurking in the shadows, and treats it to ten songs of ripping death metal frenzy. Alongside BLOODBATH's official alumni, "Survival Of The Sickest" boasts irresistible cameos from the great, good and monstrous of the metal underground, including Barney Greenway (Napalm Death), Luc Lemay (Gorguts) and Marc Grewe (Morgoth).

From the thuggish brain-smash of opener “Zombie Inferno” to the bleak, obsidian ooze of closer “No God Before Me”, "Survival Of The Sickest" is the sound of a great band in blistering form. In contrast with The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn, which borrowed heavily from the blackened end of the death metal world, the new BLOODBATH goes straight for the jugular in true old school fashion. With strong echoes of everything from Morbid Angel and Death to Deicide and Obituary, songs like the rampaging “Putrefying Corpse”, the disgustingly slow and heavy “Dead Parade”, and the deliciously twisted “Tales Of Melting Flesh” breathe fresh fire into an arcane, perpetually rotting formula.


"If there was a declaration of goods attached to this album, it would say Florida death metal exported from Sweden."